Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
BILLINGS – Three fishing access sites along the Yellowstone River in south central Montana will reopen to traffic this weekend as flows in the river subside slightly.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks posted “walk-in only” signs at most of its Yellowstone River fishing access sites earlier in the month after flooding swamped outhouses, roads, boat ramps, parking lots and camping areas. The Otter Creek site at Big Timber and Bratten site west of Reed Point were not restricted. Those that will reopen to traffic in time for the weekend include Holmgren west of Columbus, Duck Creek west of Billings and Buffalo Mirage at Park City. All other fishing access sites along the Yellowstone River in south central Montana remain open only to walk-in use.
The road leading to the Indian Fort fishing access site at Reed Point is closed to vehicles because of river erosion damage.
Boat ramps at many of the fishing access sites are unusable because of silt, but the sties still are usable for other recreation.
Anyone may fish for free Saturday and Sunday for the annual fathers’ day weekend. FWP reminds fishermen and other recreational users that the Yellowstone and most other rivers in south central Montana remain near flood stage and extreme caution is needed when playing near them.
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